Cloud Hosted Server Setup

Below are general guidelines for setting up a cloud hosted server, then connecting to an Open Dental server using Middle Tier. To store images and documents in the cloud, see Storing Images in Dropbox.

There are a few companies who offer virtual servers that you can use to set up the Middle Tier:

At Open Dental we have set up a test cloud server environment using Amazon Web Service's Free Tier account, and the EC2 Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud web service (Amazon EC2). Below are the general setup steps we followed.

  1. Sign up for a free Tier account. This is free for one year and a good way to test. https://aws.amazon.com/free/?nc2=h_l2_cc
  2. Choose the virtual server hosting product you want to try. We selected EC2 Amazon and received a key pair consisting of a public key stored by AWS and a private key stored by us. Together, the key pair allows you to securely connect to the unique cloud server (called an instance).
    • For Windows AMIs, the private key file is required to obtain the password used to log into your instance.
    • For Linux AMIs, the private key file allows you to securely SSH into your instance.
  3. Log in to the Amazon Web Service Account.
  4. Select EC2 Amazon to open the EC2 Management Console. Make sure the correct region is selected in the upper right corner.
  5. Create an instance (each unique cloud server is one instance). One instance is allowed in the free account. If you create more you may be charged.
  6. Assign a static IP address to the instance to make the cloud server IP address permanent.
    • In the left panel, click Elastic IPs under Network & Security.
    • Click Allocate New Address, then assign the correct instance to the new elastic IP.

      Note: If you assign an elastic IP to a virtual server, you must leave that server on all the time. Otherwise they will charge you for the elastic IP.



  7. In the left panel, click Instances. Make sure the instance has started. Right click on the instance, click Instance State and verify Start is selected (grayed out).
  8. Connect to the instance. Right click on the instance, then click Connect.
  9. Click Download Remote Desktop File. You can also use Windows Remote Desktop Connection. Login as needed to access the cloud server.
  10. Set up the Middle Tier.